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Hobby Lobby Sues Over Affordable Care Act’s ‘Abortion-Causing’ Mandate

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Hobby Lobby Stores and its founders have filed a lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate.

The lawsuit claims the health care law is forcing the Oklahoma City-based company to provide insurance that covers morning-after pills and other birth control products, which company founder David Green and his family’s lawsuit says violates their religious beliefs.

The Tulsa World‘s Wayne Greene on the filing:

“The Green family’s religious beliefs forbid them from participating in, providing access to, paying for, training others to engage in, or otherwise supporting abortion-causing drugs and devices.”

Morning-after pills like Plan B, Ella and IUDs can prevent a human embryo from implanting on the wall of the uterus, which the suit says constitutes an abortion.

The suit against U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius lists Hobby Lobby, Mardel Inc. and family members of company founder David Green as the plaintiffs.

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  • Where in the bible does it say “thou shalt not take birth control”?

  • BP

    This just in from the Federal Government to the Green Family. Tough! Preventative Care is required of all insurance policies unless you’ve got an exemption.

    • Cc

      This is still America and any one that thinks a company should be forced to do otherwise is a Communist!

      • litebug

        what an idiot

  • BLUE

    I think the entire point is that Preventative Care shouldn’t be required of all insurance policies. .. >_>

  • Kerry

    Maybe Mr.Green needs to think of his employees and see how they feel. It’s not his place to say what is right or wrong. It’s still a womans right to choose

    • mel

      And she can choose to pay for it herself or work somewhere else. Employers shouldn’t have to go against their beliefs. Why is someone’s belief only ok if they’re liberal?

  • Stand for whats right

    Did you all miss, Green gives pay raises, provides ins, family oriented, sundays off, closes early, and built his business with morals. Why should he have to pay for something he doesn’t believe in and also be fined? Let the couple who created the baby pay for their screw ups.

  • litebug

    1. The INSURED pays her own premiums, they are not being paid by Hobby Lobby.
    2. While the owners characterize the morning after pill as equivalent to an abortion there is no scientific/medical basis for this opinion and the owners are not scientists, they are religious zealots. There is a big difference between the two.
    3. When a business is hiring people from the public sector they cannot practice such discrimination because to do so is imposing their religious beliefs on others who may not share them. If you are suggesting that they hire only people who share their religious views then you are suggesting that they break the law by discriminating on the basis of religious belief, or lack thereof, and that is illegal.
    4. Many of us have to pay taxes for things we do not approve of. I, for example, do not approve of my tax dollars going for wars and the bloated military budget or for “faith-based initiatives” which I see as a serious violation of the separation of church and state.
    5. I’m sorry that there isn’t any Hobby Lobby near me so that I could boycott it.

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